IN-HOME EXPOSURE THERAPY FOR VETERANS WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
Technical Report,30 Sep 2015,29 Sep 2016
Veterans Medical Research Foundation San Diego United States
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We have set up a study that will provide a certain type of exposure therapy, called prolonged exposure therapy PE to military Veterans. We will ask 272 Veterans to participate in the study. Our goal is to compare PE conducted in three different ways 1 PE delivered via office-based telehealth OBT Veterans come to the clinic to meet with the therapist over telehealth, 2 PE delivered via home-based telehealth HBT Veterans stay at home and meet with the therapist using the computer and video cameras, and 3 PE delivered in home, in person IHIP the therapist comes to the Veterans homes for treatment. We will be checking to see if symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety get better less severe after the treatment and six months later. We will also see if there are differences in the three ways we will be providing the therapy. We hypothesize that the IHIP approach, compared to the other two approaches, will be more effective at reducing the PTSD symptoms experienced by these Veterans because it will help Veterans attend each session and complete the therapy homework assigned by the therapists such as doing feared activities around the house or the neighborhood. We have now been referred 814 Veterans. Of the 814 referred, including 654 males 80 and 160 females 20, 154 Veterans 19 of those referred have been randomized to the study. Of the 154 randomized participants, 6 4 are currently in Prolonged Exposure therapy, 80 52 have completed therapy and 68 44 have dropped out of therapy.
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